Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A ring of muscle surrounding and serving to guard or close an opening or tube, such as the anus or the openings of the stomach.
- ‘Then your brain tells your pelvic floor muscles to relax and your sphincter (the opening at the neck of your bladder) to open.’
- ‘This smooth muscle is the involuntary sphincter of the posterior urethra in the male.’
- ‘This rapidly closes the duodenal sphincter to contain the stomach contents.’
- ‘It is girdled by the external anal sphincter, a striated muscle structure that is part of the pelvic floor musculature.’
- ‘Anal manometry is performed to assess the anal sphincter, pelvic floor, and associated nerves.’
Late 16th century: via Latin from Greek sphinktēr, from sphingein bind tight.
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.